Celtic Cross

Celtic CrossFrom the City of Worcester website:

Rich with symbolism, the Celtic Cross is a memorial to the early Irish settlers, their descendants, and all the Irish-Americans who gave so much to the City.

Incised blasted panels on the cross depict scenes of Ireland; an Irish wolfhound near the round tower in County Waterford, and a thatched roof cottage represent rural roots. Two scenes show the Irish in Worcester; laborers digging the Blackstone Canal and a likeness of Christ’s Church on Temple Street. A sailing ship suggests the earliest immigrants’ passage and a tableau of tools represents the work which the Irish found in their new homeland. On the base is a simplified 1829 map of Worcester, showing landmarks important to the Irish community.

The Celtic Cross is laced with traditional symbols — Celtic knots, shamrocks, the Tara Brooch, fraternal shields, a claddagh ring, and crossed Irish and USA flags.

The Barre granite cross was erected to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first permanent settlement of Irish in Worcester.

The cross stands on the north side of City Hall.

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